The Ambidextrous Genius

Born in 1452, Leonardo da Vinci, the famed painter, scientist, and inventor was ambidextrous and could not only write backwards, but could also write backwards with one hand and forwards with the other at the same time.

There are two hypotheses for why da Vinci wrote this way. The first is that he was hiding his work from the prying eyes the Catholic Church or of those who would steal his ideas. A more recent, neuropsychological theory speculates that left-handers naturally write in “mirror-writing” unless instructed otherwise.



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Information sources:

“Neuropsychology of Left-Handedness” edited by Jeannine Herron

Photo Credits / Sources:

Leonardo da Vinci [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

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